February 27, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a preliminary judgment on Thursday that found a US soldier could possible seek asylum in Germany if he can show a proper reason for his desertion. André Shepherd deserted in Germany in 2007 and sought asylum there the following year. He allegedly ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Sunday that militias allied with Iraqi forces are committing abuses that are "possibly war crimes". HRW reports that in some areas residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped and extra-judicially executed. In the provinces of Muqdadiyya area of Diyala, ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Hungary's ruling party declared Friday that the country must pass legislation to tighten the border and prevent migrants from abusing the EU's political asylum laws. Antal Rogan, leader of the Fidesz party parliamentary group, noted that in January alone, around 14,000 migrants applied for ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court denied certiorari on Tuesday in three appeals filed by military contractor KBR, Inc., seeking to end lawsuits over a soldier's electrocution in Iraq, soldier exposure to open-air burn pits for waste disposal and soldier exposure to dangerous chemicals in wastewater treatment. ...[read more]
December 24, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Amnesty International (AI) issued a briefing on Tuesday that said the Islamic State (IS) has exposed Iraq's Yezdi minority to violence and torture. The briefing details the torturous behaviors IS has exhibited towards Yezdi women, including rape, sexual violence and forcing women and young girls ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Allison Hall
On August 8, 2014 the US began airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. The US has since expanded its operations into neighboring Syria. President Obama and his administration proceeded with the airstrike campaign without official congressional approval. Debate surrounding the legality of the ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In this Feature, JURIST takes a look at various legal issues relating to the Islamic State (IS). IS, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is a Middle Eastern-based group that currently occupies territory in Syria and Iraq. Several nations, including the US, have launched air strikes against IS ...[read more]
November 20, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, said in an interview published Thursday that the ICC is contemplating bringing war crimes charges against Islamic State (IS) jihadist fighters. Bensouda pointed to credible reports of numerous foreign fighters from ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Ann Schober
Iraqi Shiite militia, armed and supported by the Iraqi government, have been committing war crimes and abducting and murdering "scores" of Sunni men in retaliation for attacks by the Sunni-led Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. In a briefing AI reports that the militia ...[read more]
September 25, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the constitutionality and international legality of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria ... President Obama and Secretary Kerry were reluctant to use the word "war" or the phrase "armed conflict" with respect ...[read more]

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